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Minnesota's senators welcome steel decision

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota's U.S. senators are welcoming a ruling from the International Trade Commission that they say will open the door for strong action against the dumping of South Korean steel on the American market.

The ITC found that unfairly priced steel pipes used in oil drilling from South Korea and five other countries are harming U.S. steelmakers. The decision will allow the Commerce Department to impose tariffs to offset their gains. The decision also applies to steel piping from India, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam.

Both Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken had urged the ITC last month to take action to protect the domestic steel industry.

Klobuchar and Franken issued statements Friday calling the decision a victory for Minnesota's iron mining industry that will protect jobs.


Sheriff: Fugitive may be using apps to hide out

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Authorities looking for a Minnesota man suspected of fatally shooting his former lover say he may be relying on social media to find shelter while on the run.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office released a "wanted" poster Thursday that says 44-year-old Lyle Hoffman could be evading capture by using Craigslist and dating apps such as Grindr and Scruff.

Hoffman is accused of killing 48-year-old Kelly Phillips, a Boston Scientific executive. Investigators say the men drove to an Arden Hills gas station on August 11th, and Phillips was shot in the head and back as he tried to run from the shooter.

Prosecutors have charged Hoffman with second-degree murder.

Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who aids in his arrest and eventual conviction.


Man arrested after Cass Lake hostage standoff

CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) - A Cass Lake man remains in custody following a hostage incident and standoff with law enforcement officers.

The Cass County sheriff's office said in a statement Friday that it got a call early Wednesday about a man barricaded in a residence who had a gun, was making threats, and indicated he was holding a female hostage.

The statement says the 31-year-old suspect surrendered his weapon after several hours of negotiations. He was arrested and the hostage was freed.


Suspect charged in fatal Little Canada fight

LITTLE CANADA, Minn. (AP) - Authorities have charged a Little Canada man with murder for allegedly pushing another man into incoming traffic in Little Canada.

Forty-one-year-old Michael John Merten the Third was charged with second-degree murder Friday in the death of 47-year-old Robert Hilgren of Vadnais Heights on Wednesday night.

The criminal complaint says Hilgren was trying to protect his 23-year-old son, who allegedly was being chased by Merten. They got into a scuffle. Hilgren's wife told authorities that Merten waited for a car to approach before pushing Hilgren into its path. The car struck Hilgren, and he died later at Regions Hospital.

The complaint says Merten's father told police his son had confronted three guys because they looked suspicious, and that they had ganged up on him before one was struck by a car.


3 bodies recovered from Mount Rainier identified

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The Pierce County medical examiner has identified the bodies of three climbers recovered this week from Mount Rainier. They were part of a party of six who vanished on the Washington state peak last May.

They were identified Friday as 40-year-old Uday Marty, 40-year-old John Mullally and 26-year-old Mark Mahaney.

The six, all experienced mountaineers, included two guides and four climbers. They vanished in the last week of May on a technical, dangerous and little-used route up Liberty Ridge. Authorities believe they fell 3,300 feet on the 14,410-foot volcano.

Marty was a vice president and managing director of Intel in Southeast Asia who was based in Singapore. Mullally was a Seattle mountain climber. Mahaney was from St. Paul.

A helicopter equipped with a special mechanical claw plucked the bodies off a glacier at one of the most treacherous spots on the mountain in an area pummeled by falling ice and rocks.

The bodies of the two guides and remaining climber have not been found.


DNR urges reroute of Sandpiper crude oil pipeline

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Another Minnesota state agency has asked regulators to consider rerouting the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline.

In a filing with the Public Utilities Commission on Thursday, the Department of Natural Resources asked the PUC to strongly consider one of several alternative routes for the Enbridge Energy pipeline that would pose fewer risks to northern lakes and other natural resources.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reports that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency expressed similar concerns earlier this month.

Canada-based Enbridge wants to build the line to carry North Dakota oil across northern Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin, passing near Itasca State Park and Park Rapids. Enbridge has said the proposed alternative routes are longer, would add $185 million to $455 million to the costs, and could delay the project three years.

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